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November 14, 2018

50 Years of Golden Spoons
Florida's Best Places to Dine
by Restaurant Editor Chris Sherman

The Past

Florida Trend's Golden Spoon awards are 50 years old this year. A few original winners survive — and thrive. Fifty years ago, long before Zagat, TripAdvisor or Yelp, Florida Trend embarked on a novel project — find the state’s best restaurants. [More]

The Present

Along with Disney came a slew of chefs to broaden our palates. Fifty years is a long journey, yet Floridians ate quite well with our Golden Spoons and sometimes our fingers. [More]

The Future

Restaurants will be serving up more liquid meals and ethnic foods. Florida’s menu for the next 10 years is easy to predict in some ways... [More]

What are the Golden Spoons?

» Read this FAQ about Florida Trend's Golden Spoons with Restaurant Editor Chris Sherman to learn what the Golden Spoon Awards are, when they started, and much more.

Dining in Florida

» Browse all Chris Sherman's restaurant reviews and features at the Dining & Spirits archive

About Florida Trend's Restaurant Editor

Florida Trend restaurant editor Chris Sherman stuck his finger into Key lime pie 20 years ago and has eaten his way up, down and across the sunshine state. Florida sets a big and constantly changing table, so when you find a great new restaurant or have a grand meal, let Florida Trend know.

Find a Golden Spoon by Region

Click the map to jump to a list of restaurants in that area

Panama City • Pensacola • Tallahassee

Gainesville • Jacksonville • St. Augustine

Daytona • Orlando • Winter Park

Ft. Myers • Naples • Tampa Bay

Ft. Lauderdale • Palm Beach

Coral Gables • Key West • Miami

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